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Allyn Malventano
Storage Editor
San Antonio, TX

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Why would SanDisk buy Fusion-io for $1.1 Billion?

06/17/2014 - 08:56

Fusion-io was once a behemoth of flash memory storage. Back when SSDs were having a hard time saturating SATA 3Gb/sec, Fusion-io was making fire breathing PCIe SSDs full of SLC flash and pushing relatively insane IOPS and throughput figures. Their...

Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

06/12/2014 - 16:36

Conclusion: PROS: Proven hybrid tech in a desktop form factor, available in capacities up to 4TB. CONS: 8GB cache is proving insufficient for all but the mildest desktop usage scenarios. [inline:files/review/2014-06-12/DSC01466_0.JPG] Pricing and...

Boot Times, Game Loads, Cache Rolloff

06/12/2014 - 16:34

Boot Times We already know that SSHD's speed up boot times and other operations, but we've had several readers question the ability of that cached data to stay put over time. With such a small cache, the theory was that unless you are only...

Caching Performance

06/12/2014 - 16:07

Caching Performance First a look at PCMark Vantage runs. We perform three passes on each Hybrid solution. Ideally the first pass will run at near HDD (uncached) speed, while the second and third passes will evaluate cached performance. So long as the...

Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup

06/12/2014 - 16:02

Internals: A look at the rear of the PCB prior to removal reveals, well, not much. [inline:files/review/2014-06-12/DSC01469.JPG] ...but once we flip it over, we see the goodies: [inline:files/review/2014-06-12/DSC01473.JPG] This is the usual fare for a...

Plextor M6M 256GB mSATA SSD Full Review - Mini Marvell

06/11/2014 - 21:12

Introduction: You might not expect it from who was originally an optical drive company, but Plextor has been cranking out SSDs for a while now. We will be taking a look at the recent wave of releases from Plextor, starting with the M6M: [inline:files/...

Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

06/11/2014 - 14:54

Conclusion: PROS: Great performance in a small form factor. Good cost/GB. CONS: Possible long-term performance issues when run without TRIM. Availability looks to be a bit scarce. [inline:files/review/2014-06-11/DSC01462.JPG] Pricing and Availability...

Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

06/10/2014 - 15:31

Conclusion: PROS: Class leading throughput and IOPS Good boot compatibility with the use of AHCI (vs. NVMe) CONS:


06/10/2014 - 15:31

YAPT (yet another performance test) is a benchmark recommended by a pair of drive manufacturers and was incredibly difficult to locate as it hasn't been updated or used in quite some time.  That doesn't make it irrelevant by any means though...

IOMeter - Average Transaction Time (rev 1)

06/10/2014 - 15:30

Back with the Kingston SSDNow V Series 40GB review, I revised the layout of these graphs to better show SSD latency and access time.  First, I have removed HDD results as they throw the scale too far to tell any meaningful difference in the SSD...